May 21, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) delivers as rain begins to fall at Nationals Park in the 6th inning before the game was postponed due to rain with the Cincinnati Reds ahead 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

Fighting Illini in the MLB: Tanner Roark Pitches Well, Loses to Reds, 2-1

In his ninth start, former Illinois pitcher Tanner Roark suffered his second loss of the year as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Washington Nationals, 2-1, on Wednesday.

Roark lasted 6.0 innings giving up just two runs (one earned) on six hits and struck out two Cincy batters. After the sixth inning, the game was delayed for an hour due to rain. That long delay could be seen as the reason for Roark only lasting six innings.

The Nationals’ bats were quiet for most of the game. Their only run came off of a lead off homer run by Denard Span in the bottom of the first.

The Nationals are dealing with tons of injuries and are playing with a depleted lineup.

Per ESPN, Span had this to say following the game:

“Right now, we’re banged up, man. It’s tough because I still feel like we’re playing good baseball, even with our circumstances right now.”

So far this season, Tanner Roark is 3-2 in his nine starts for the Washington Nationals. He has given up twenty-two runs (twenty-one earned) on forty-eight hits, struck out forty-two batters, walked fifteen batters, and currently holds a 3.42 ERA.

Tanner Roark is scheduled to make his next start for the Washington Nationals on Monday, May 26th against the Miami Marlins.

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